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Borrowing Policies

Bristol Community College students, faculty, and staff are required to use their Bristol Community College Campus Card/ID to borrow materials. Community patrons must apply for a Bristol/HELM Community Member card for use at Bristol Community College campuses only. Individuals are responsible for all materials borrowed. Borrowing privileges may be suspended due to excess fines or overdue materials.

Loan Period for Items

  • Books: 1 month

  • Audio Books: 2 weeks

  • Music CDs: 2 weeks ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Educational VHS/DVD: 2 weeks ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Feature Film VHS/DVD: 2 days ($1.00 per day per item overdue fines if not returned or renewed by due date)

  • Maximum Number of Items Borrowed at One Time: 10

Tech and Special Items

  • Chromebook: Loan period is one semester. Renewals with IT permission only. Follows Lost / Unreturned Item Fee Policy (see below). To request a Chromebook, email To schedule an appointment to return a Chromebook, fill out the Chromebook Return Form

  • Mobile Hotspot (New Bedford campus): Loan period is 2 weeks, no renewals, no holds. ($5.00 per day over due fine if not returned by due date).
    For Hotspot policy see below. 

  • TI-84 Calculators: Semester loan period. Calculators require registration in a math class requiring a TI-84 calculator.

  • Voice Recorders and LiveScribe Pens: Semester loan period.  Voice Recorders are first come, first served but may be requested through ODS.  LiveScribe Pens are recommended for and requested by ODS for students requiring an accommodation. 


Renewals may be transacted by telephone at any campus, in person or via the HELM Online Catalog.

Returns and Overdue Books

Bristol Community College Libraries does not charge fines on overdue books; Other HELM member libraries may have policies that differ and those who chose to borrow material may be charged for overdue items that is borrowed from other HELM libraries.

Bristol Community College Libraries do charge overdue fines on videos and CDs ($1 per day per title). Students with extended overdue items may have their grades or transcripts withheld until books are returned or restitution made.

Lost/Unreturned Item Fee

Patrons are responsible for all materials borrowed. In the event of loss, they pay the current replacement price and processing fee. Materials lost, damaged beyond use or not returned are subject to a $5.00 replacement fee in addition to the cost of replacing the item. Payment is cash or check made payable to LRC Trust Fund.  More information on procedures is available at the Circulation Desk 508.678.2811, ext. 2105.

Please note: All Bristol Community College students incurring $10.00 or more in fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended and transcript holds placed until their library accounts are settled. Community library users incurring the same level of fines will have their borrowing privileges suspended until their accounts are settled.

Group Study Rooms

The Fall River Campus Library maintains three (3) group study rooms that are available to students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Bristol Community College for group study and library research projects. 

Reserve a group study room here.

The group study rooms are available and are limited to groups of four (4) within the library for use by reserving the space using our online form.

Reservations may be made for group study rooms 2 weeks in advance using the library’s website.  No individual may have more than 3 pending bookings at one time within the two week period.  Reservations must be made at least one day in advance.  Generally, same day reservation requests cannot be honored, but may be possible depending on room availability.

  • Group study rooms cannot be booked for entire classes.
  • Reservations will expire after 15 minutes if no one from the group claims the room.
  • Please contact us if you are running late (774) 357-2105.
  • Reservations are welcome on a first-come, first-served basis.

Group study rooms are not to be used for functions such as committee meetings, lectures, or seminars. They are not to be used in place of the classroom assigned by the Registrar.

While study rooms are designed for collaborative work, there is still a need to maintain a suitably quiet study environment for other Library patrons. Please note that the rooms are not sound proof. Please use headphones for playing music or videos.

Please be mindful of students in other study rooms and the library in general. Sound carries!  Do not move additional furniture into study rooms; leave it in the manner in which you found it.   When not in use by groups, these rooms are available as study or additional tutoring space.